An Open Letter to Moms on their First Day of Daycare

 

Hi Momma.

Just want you to know that you are not alone. We all have been there. Standing in the hallway crying while your baby is screaming, calling for you, doing everything possible to keep you from walking out the door. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but it does get easier, for both of you.

I don’t know your circumstances. I don’t know if you are a mommy working away from your home, or if you just need a few hours a day to get something done without kids, or even if you are just trying enhance your child’s social skills. In this moment, we are all the same. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Moms on their First Day of Daycare”

Brand Rep Post {Serenity Faith_Co}

We LOVE repping for Serenity Faith_Co. I saved these photos from our last shipment with them because I so badly wanted to put her in Gladiator sandals with it….buuuuutttt, I waited to long to try to find some, so we went barefoot! 😉

This Vintage Lace Romper can be purchased {Here}. It is so soft, and the details are so perfect. Use the code “SHARE15” for 15% off, you won’t be sorry.

Had to show of some photos of my little sweetheart. I don’t edit her in her pictures-I prefer for her to actually look like she looks in “real” life-so if you look on her right cheek, you can see a bruise where my poor baby face planted on some tile this past weekend at our friends house. #mommyfail

 

I have also gotten some  negative, downright nasty emails about putting photos of Emmalynn up and I can assure anyone that has doubts-this child LOVES being a brand rep. She RUNNNS to the mailbox and BEGS me to take photos of her. If she wasn’t interested, we most definitely would not be doing this.

Motivation for the “Working Mom”

I don’t care if you work part time, full time, every day of the week, a couple days of the week, only during the summers, only during the school year, or your job is solely to stay home and take care of your family…it is all work.

We all have a lot on our plates, and when talking with other moms, I realize how alike we all are. We all feel insignificant at times. There are time we can’t keep up. Times we are being pulled in a million directions. Times when we get in our own heads and second guess everything we are doing.

As a follower of Christ, I find that I am spoken to when it is needed the most. At a time when I am wondering if working away from the home is the right thing. Wondering if keeping my kids enrolled in day school is what is truly best for them. After all, most of my working goes to pay to keep them in school. We get a lesson plan sent home over the holiday to continue what they have learned during the week. They were highlighting Colossians 3:23 which says in whatever you to do, to work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

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It all hit me at once, right when I needed it the most. I realized that, although it is not ideal for everyone, my family is right where it needs to be. My kids are in a school that teaches them the love of Jesus. I am blessed to have a job that appreciates me, with a boss that walks with Christ, and understands that I am a Mom, and my family comes first.

I encourage you Moms, when you are at work and feeling insignificant, to remember that you are not here to please your boss. You are working from your heart for the Lord. When you feel like you are being tugged and pulled into a million different directions, just remember, the Lord intended for you to be caregiver for your family. You were made for this, and you have him by your side.

 

Wrangling in my Three-nager

Y’all.

My son will be 4 in 5 months.  I have heard the stories. “Two is nothing..wait until 3”, but I still thought (…like everything else since having kids), “not me. My kids won’t do that…”

This past week it has been R O U G H to say the least. I can’t decide whether it is because Dad is out of town for work, so he knows Mommy is usually a push-over, or he is just growing like crazy and not getting enough sleep, or he literally turned into a teenager overnight.

Today, I was pushed over my limit. As a working mom, I can’t tell you how excited I am to rush out of the office and head to the kids school to pick them up. The 3 of us get into a routine when Dad travels, and usually, it just works.

Yesterday, I got a report that he didn’t listen, and hit a girl on the head with a bowling pin. After calling my husband crying, he told me to hold off on any crazy punishments and just talk to him. So, we talked, and prayed, and talked some more and agreed that today would be better.

Today, I got a report that he was worse than yesterday-hitting, tripping, even running into a bathroom to kick a friend while he was going potty. He was not allowed to participate in today’s fun activities, but his teacher also told him he cannot play with his class tomorrow during water day.

I had the whole way home to determine “punishments.”

We are absolutely an outdoor family. Time spent together is done outside, playing games like soccer, hockey, baseball, playing in the sandbox, on the playground, going for walks…whatever we can come up at the time. So my #1 rule, was that he was not allowed to play outside today-which created a H U G E hole in his heart.

My #2 rule was “No movie before bedtime.” My father in law is probably rolling in his grave knowing I allow him to lay in bed and watch a movie while he falls asleep, but for me, something has to give-and there is not enough time in the evening to get everything done that I need to. Even though he is always watching something educational, he doesn’t know it, so bedtime tonight was quite the struggle.

My #3 rule was “No playing with any of your toys.” He wasn’t allowed to pick up a single toy this evening. I told him instead, if he needed an activity, he could practice writing his letters. I shouldn’t have been so excited, but he wrote a B by himself for the first time tonight, y’all. Had to remind myself that this was currently a punishment. But still, he did so good! (He will NEVERRRR sit down long enough to let me practice with him)

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My Rule #4 was that he had to help wash the dishes. He actually had so much fun with this rule, that he quit fighting me on anything, and asked if he can do the dishes every night. Maybe, he had fun, or maybe he is already a super manipulating grown person inside a child body that he wanted me to second guess myself, and it worked.

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My last rule was that he had to help me put away all the laundry I have been folding while they slept, but were unable to go put in their rooms. Once again, he loved it so much, he asked if he could put his sisters clothes away too.

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In no way do I condone his behavior at school today, but after all has been said and done I am posting this in hopes that I wasn’t too hard on him. I have prayed over him, prayed for myself, and prayed for God to help me guide him, and help me show him the way that God intends on us treating our family and friends. I also thought maybe some other mommies are or have been at a point where they just don’t know what to do anymore, and can offer some advice, or maybe just reading one tiny bit of what I have been going through will make them feel like they don’t have it so bad :P. Punishing at home, for what was done at school, is so, so hard. None of these behaviors are displayed at home. I keep reminding myself that he is only 3, and really (usually) has a heart of gold. I also know that I am in no way a perfect parent. Plus, seeing his abilities today, I may be implementing a chore chart very soon.

So, what is it? Have you been there? Are you here now? Are you like I was, and think it would never be your kid? I would love to hear 🙂

 

Day 2: 15 Random Facts About Yourself

Hello! Continuing this 30 day challenge today from Erin at A Welders Wife….I should be rewarded for going 2 days 🙂

So, here we go!

  1. I married my college sweetheart.
  2. My favorite restaurant was PF Changs, until we went back for my birthday and it wasn’t that great. Now, I don’t have one.
  3. My best friends are my sisters, and I am so lucky to have 2 of them.
  4. I love decorating the house, which is why I think I really like my job. I love pairing countertops, with tiles and splashes and colors and paint.
  5. I *may* have meant I love decorating Other Peoples Houses, because I only have a few things on the walls at my house.
  6. I have a Goldendoodle named Wrigley, and he is the absolute coolest.
  7. I have recently become a “Pageant Mom.” My daughter is loving competing in pageants right now, and I just love watching her shine so much.
  8. I competed in pageants as a child, but I was way too shy. I didn’t have the personality that Emmalynn has.
  9. I really love watching the Houston Astros, and it has become a family “thing” for us.
  10. I am currently growing a lemon tree, and am super excited about my latest bud.
  11. I order entirely too many things on Amazon Prime.
  12. I am an extremely overprotective Momma.
  13. My birthday was 3 days ago, and I am a little depressed about being 29.
  14. I married into a BIG family, and it is one of my favorite things.
  15. I am NO GOOD at keeping secrets.

30 Day Challenge

See you tomorrow!

 

How I created a Princess Wardrobe Closet in 20 Minutes for $32.46

Princess dresses are all the rage at my house at the moment, and I am not going to lie…I sort of love it.

I love watching my sweet girl dress up like her favorite characters. So much so, that I wanted to dedicate an area in her room for her to be able to access it on her own. Plus, they are super cute…so why not display them?

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I went to my go-to for inspiration…Pottery Barn Kids. I fell in love with the Ava Regency Wardrobe (pictured below)…and also advertised by Stephen Curry’s Daughters Playroom. Which, was almost immediately sold out. I love the intricate details on the sides, however, did not want to pay the hefty price tag. Plus, Emmalynn’s room is your average size, and I thought this would impede on her playing space.

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Determined to find something equally as awesome, I headed to At Home for ideas. Stumbling upon this fantastic shelf, I loved the details, and that it was already white to match her furniture…and only $29.99.

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Pardon the toys… When creation strikes, there is no time to clean

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I had some 5/8″ Cup hooks laying around in the garage. I flipped this shelf over and starting screwing them in underneath. I slightly staggered them so the dresses on the hangars would not crowd each other.

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Once I did this, I convinced my dear husband to hang this up for us.

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So in love with how it turned out! And even more excited that it doesn’t take up too much space.

Now…excuse me while I venture out to find a “Princess” mirror.

What do you think? Anyone done anything similar?

 

 

My Babies

Irish Twins: 2 babies born within 12 months of each other.

My Irish Twins: 2 babies born within 12 months of each other in the same calendar year (2013).

Things that are hard:

  1. Getting a photo of them together…smiling..looking at the camera
  2. Potty training 2 at once
  3. Everyday tasks
  4. Bath Time
  5. Bed Time
  6. Dinner Time
  7. Play Time
  8. ….I think you get it 😉

Things that are easy:

  1. Smothering those babies with Love.
  2. Spending all my money on them
  3. Putting them first.

They are so smart. I love listening to them talk and reason. This morning it was “Mom, we need to wear our jackets because it is dark out.” Can’t argue with that.

My Son, Beckett, was MEANT to be a big brother. My daughter, Emmalynn, was MEANT to be a princess 🙂

Looking forward to posting about my crazy daily life with these 2 angels.

-Heather